North-east Wales’s unique urban character, its World Heritage wonder and links to the native princes play an important part in the story of Wales and Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, will celebrate the region’s rich history with a series of events on its stand at the National Eisteddfod 2011 in Wrexham (30 July-6 August). Cadw will be exhibiting alongside the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, what a great addition to a UK family holiday.
Monday 1st August at 2.30pm will see Gwyn Williams, Creative Programmer for Wales, London 2012, deliver an update on plans to celebrate the Cultural Olympiad in Wales. On Tuesday 2nd August at 2.30pm Trefor Thorpe, formerly Cadw’s Chief Architect, will be on hand to talk on the work underway as part of the Welsh Government’s Welsh Cultural Heritage Initiative (WCHI).
Blodwen the Maid from Plas Mawr, the Elizabethan townhouse in Conwy, will be telling her own brand of spooky storytelling on Wednesday 3rd August (10am-4pm).
On your UK family holiday? Why not try a walking tour exploring the urban character of Cefn Mawr, led by Spencer Smith from the Royal Commission. They will take place on Wednesday 3rd August between 12-2pm. The walk will leave from Ebenezer Chapel in Cefn Mawr. (The event is free of charge but limited to 20. Places must be booked in advance to guarantee a place on the tour by calling 029 20 257075). Spencer will also be delivering a talk on the importance of recording the houses of Wales’s industrial workers ‘Tai gweithwyr Cymru - pwysigrwydd cofnodi’r tai hyn’ in Pabell y Cymdeithasau on Tuesday 2nd Ausgut at 2pm.
The eminent historian Dr John Davies will be leading a bus tour on Thursday 4th August (10am-4pm) to some of the heritage wonders of the region including Pontcysyllte, Valle Crucis, Eliseg’s Pillar, Llangar Church, Rug Chapel and Glyndyfrdwy. Tickets priced at £15 (£10 Heritage in Wales members). The Bus will leave from the Eisteddfod field. Limited tickets available, please phone 02920 257075 to reserve a ticket).
Dr John Davies will return to the Cadw stand on Friday 5th August at 2.30pm to give a talk on ‘Strongholds, from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages’
Cadw will also be supporting TODDIAD 2011 at the Eisteddfod field where artists will be invited to bring their moulds to the Maes to be cast thanks to a mobile furnace on site. Artist Rubin Eynon from Glynneath is currently working on creating a new piece of sculpture for Blaenafon Ironworks with local schoolchildren. The mould will be taken to the Eisteddfod on Thursday 4th August for casting as part of TODDIAD 2011. More information can be found at http://web.mac.com/rubesart/Site_4/Blaenavon.html.
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